Cambodia Rescue Homes Pass Government Inspection With Flying Colors
Cambodia’s Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) has been working to promote higher quality care and transparency within service providers working with victims of human trafficking. MoSVY came to evaluate Destiny Rescue’s aftercare programs in Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham these past two weeks and both received above standard assessment scores and invaluable feedback on areas that they can improve in.
MoSVY created this new monitoring and evaluation tool earlier this year and added it to a new nationwide strategy to improve the quality of aftercare programs. One of the main goals in this strategy is to guarantee that every aftercare organization with residential homes adheres to the countrywide minimum standards put in place to ensure that the populations they serve are properly cared for.
“[It was a] very good outcome for a first time inspection by MoSVY. We will now take their suggestions and over the next 12 months will improve even more,” Destiny Rescue Cambodia Country Manager Robert Webber said.
Since Destiny Rescue opened its first project in Cambodia, it has worked hard to make sure every child in its care is well taken care of by granting them access to counseling, healthcare, educational and vocational training services. Destiny Rescue Cambodia has developed multiple partnerships with other on-the-ground service providers and has been eager to work alongside the Cambodian government in an effort to provide holistic care to the girls in their shelter.
“The benefit of the government assessment is to ensure that we are meeting strict standards that are set by leading world organizations in this specific field for victims of sexual trafficking. Cambodia is often questioned about orphanages and residential practices so by submitting to this assessment, we are able to make sure Destiny Rescue is held to a high level of accountability,” Aftercare and Reintegration Manager for Destiny Rescue Phnom Penh Kimbra Smith said.
For the assessment, MoSVY walked around the residential homes and learning center to evaluate the physical property. They read through all of Destiny Rescue Cambodia’s policies, paperwork, and files, and even checked to see that the girls have a clear understanding of their own rights. It was a very detailed examination of the ins-and-outs of the entire project at both locations allowing for constructive feedback to be given.
MoSVY’s assessment has only helped to improve the standards by which DRC operates. The evaluation gave a huge thumbs-up, showing official recognition that the government sees the importance of the work Destiny Rescue is doing throughout Cambodia.
Cambodia has the second highest amount of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) per capita. With this in mind, the government must ensure that these organizations are contributing positively to the development of the country. With MoSVY going through and appraising each one, it wouldn’t be surprising if some of them were shut down due to their failure to meet minimum standards, which will ultimately move this country to an even healthier place in the long run.
“In a country that used to be recognized for having high amounts of child sex trafficking, I am excited to work in conjunction with the Cambodian government to ensure we provide high levels of aftercare and reintegration services for every child that comes into our care. We have learned lots along the way, but we are growing stronger as we collaborate with those around us and also government ministries,” Destiny Rescue Phnom Penh Aftercare Reintegration manager Kimbra Smith said.
The Cambodian government and organizations like Destiny Rescue are keen on improving the lives of children throughout the country. It has been a great opportunity to see how the both the government’s and Destiny Rescue’s desires come together to accomplish the same goal.
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